Happy Motivation Monday! Learning how to fuel your body and take care of it is crucial for being healthy. When you have a fast metabolism, your body burns calories and fat efficiently, helping you look and feel your best. These five tips will kick things into high gear to have you feeling confident and energized in no time!
1. HIIT It
Adding High Intensity Interval Training to your workouts is the best way to stimulate EPOC, or excess post-exercise oxygen consumption. This means that your body needs more oxygen during and after a workout than with steady state cardio. This oxygen consumption is what revs up you metabolism all day, because HIIT workouts can burn fat AND calories for up to 24 hours after a workout.
2. Eat Breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and for good reason! It kickstarts your metabolism. When you haven’t eaten for over eight hours while sleeping, your metabolism starts to slow down, to keep it in high gear, make sure to eat breakfast right after your morning workout, and then a meal or snack every three hours throughout the day. Eating breakfast can also prevent cravings and increase energy all day long.
3. Guzzle Green Tea
Okay, you already know you need to drink at least half of your bodyweight in ounces of water each day to keep your metabolism up. But adding in a few cups of green tea can also boost your metabolism even more! Studies have shown green tea doesn’t only speed up metabolism, but actually burns fat. The caffeine and antioxidant phytochemicals help increase digestion and fat oxidation (fat burning.) My favorite way to incorporate green tea each day is by infusing it with some fresh fruit.
4. Power Up With Protein
Adding a bit more protein to your diet not only increases muscle mass, which in turns revs metabolism on it’s own, but protein also requires more energy from your body to be digested than carbs or fat. Because protein takes longer to digest, it will keep you feeling fuller for longer and decrease your appetite. Try to include protein in every meal and snack throughout the day.
5. Fill Up On Fiber
Fiber, just like protein, will help you feel fuller for longer, fighting cravings and preventing hunger strikes. Fiber also can help lower the glycemic index of higher carb foods, and slow down their digestion, which is actually a GOOD thing for carbs. Add plenty of fiber into your diet with lots of fresh vegetables, fruit, and whole grains.